Restaurant sues customer for taking back ,000 in tips

Restaurant sues customer for taking back $3,000 in tips

Restaurant sues customer for taking back ,000 in tips

The peak of life was actually the “tip” of the iceberg.

A Pennsylvania pizza restaurant famous for being featured on the hit comedy series “The Office” is suing a customer for $3,000 after the patron left that amount in tips but then asked for it back.

“It’s just a bit aggravating right now. It’s caused a lot of fuss and drama,” Zachary Jacobson, manager of Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe in Scranton, told local news station WNEP about the act of kindness gone wrong.

Jacobson said the restaurant is now suing the customer and noted that they all “thought someone was actually trying to do a good thing.”

The tipping fiasco began back in June after one of the pie vendor’s patrons, named Eric Smith, gave waitress Mariana Lambert an eye-watering $3,000 on a $13 bill. The customer, who had only ordered a plate of stromboli, had reportedly left the potentially life-changing tip as part of a social media trend called “Tips For Jesus”.

The story went viral with countless people on social media commenting on the so-called kindness.

Mariana Lambert was initially overjoyed at what she thought was the mother of all tips.
Mariana Lambert was initially overjoyed at what she thought was the mother of all tips.
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While initially skeptical given the insane amount of money, employees were ecstatic after the credit card payment went through on their machine.

Needless to say, Lambert was initially overwhelmed by the seemingly generous gesture, especially considering how restaurants were still reeling from the COVID-19 closures. “It really meant a lot to me because everyone goes through things,” she gushed. “It really touched my heart. I still can’t believe it. I’m still in shock.”

However, employees’ gratitude quickly soured after the restaurant received “something in the mail that Eric disputed the charge for the tip he left,” Jacobson said. This was despite the fact that the restaurant had already paid Lambert the tip, leaving them roughly $3,000 out of pocket, WNEP reported.

Alarmed, Alfredo contacted Smith on Facebook, hoping it was all a misunderstanding, but the restaurant deviant has stopped responding to their messages.

Alfredo's Pizza Cafe was mentioned in the NBC mockumentary
Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe was featured in the NBC mockumentary “The Office.”
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“We thought someone was actually trying to do a good thing,” Jacobson lamented. “And now we’re, what, three months later? Not even, and it’s nothing.”

With no other means, Alfredo’s decided to take Mr. Smith to court with the goal of recovering the $3,000.

“Unfortunately we had to file charges through the magistrate’s office because now we’re just out of that money at this point,” Jacobson said. “And he asked us to sue him. so that’s what we’re going to do, I guess.”

He added, “I hope that he owns up to his actions and comes forward and pays for this because you shouldn’t have done this if this was the end result.”

Alfredo’s is perhaps best known for being featured in Season 4, Episode 3 of the iconic NBC comedy series “The Office.”

A receipt showing the tip in question.
A receipt showing the tip in question.
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During that episode, titled “Launch Party”, Dunder Mifflin office manager Michael Scott announces that he bought Alfredo’s pizza for all the employees.

However, they are horrified after it is revealed that not Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe – their preferred choice – and instead chose the supposedly inferior Pizza by Alfredo, which Kevin analogizes as a “hot circle of garbage.”

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